Patterson's Past
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Dec 06, 2012 | 957 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
25 years ago — Dec. 10, 1987

Diana Haile is the new school board president.

The Patterson Police Department and Clothes Closet have teamed up again this year for the Toys for Kids program. More than 2,000 area youngsters have received gifts through the program in the past five years.

It wasn’t easy, but the Patterson High wrestling team last weekend won its 18th straight tournament, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The Tigers bested second-place East Union by seven points in the Summerville tourney.

50 years ago — Dec. 5, 1962

The Delta-Mendota Canal is being drained to allow for repairs and cleaning.

Local voters will be asked in February to approve a 50-cent property tax hike for schools, with 20 cents going to the general fund and the remainder for building maintenance.

Besides the Irrigator and Tiger Tales, the publication at Patterson High, a third local newspaper may soon be rolling off the press. As yet unnamed, it will be published by students in the special-interest class in newspapers and journalism at Las Palmas School.

75 years ago — Dec. 10, 1937

Patterson’s largest ever kickoff of the Christmas season is planned for Saturday evening, highlighted by the turning on of the lights on the large living tree in Plaza Park.

A Japanese government leader told local civic leaders here Monday evening that his country’s need for food is the underlying cause of its present military action against China.

The Irrigator reports that approaches to the new Las Palmas bridge over the San Joaquin River are extremely dangerous during times of poor visibility, with the roadway narrowing, no guard rails and no warning signs.

100 Years ago — Dec. 5, 1912

Stanislaus County’s income from property taxes, including those for schools, topped $600,000 this year, up $85,000 over a year ago.

One of Patterson’s earliest residents, A.O. Blomgren, died Tuesday at his East Las Palmas home of tubercular and liver problems.

A ceremony will be held in Newman to induct new members into the Woodsmen of the World, the Patterson camp being the newest on the West Side. Other camps from Los Banos and Dos Palos will be represented.

A shoe repair shop will soon open in Patterson.

A local couple, Zara Zacharias and Francis McConnell, has taken wedding vows in San Francisco. The two will make their home near Westley.

— Irrigator archives

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